The Bulgarian State in 927–969

The Epoch of Tsar Peter I

Edited by Mirosław J. Leszka and Kirił Marinow

Jagiellonian University Press

The Bulgarian State in 927–969

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Pub Date: February 2019

ISBN: 9788323345459

698 Pages

Format: Paperback

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The Bulgarian State in 927–969

The Epoch of Tsar Peter I

Edited by Mirosław J. Leszka and Kirił Marinow

Jagiellonian University Press

Tsar Peter (927–969), this book’s protagonist, is all too frequently presented in modern scholarship as a weak ruler, devoid of any grander political aspirations, and focused on religious matters—pious, but neglecting the vital interests of his subjects. It was said that during his reign both his court and state became Byzantinized, that central authority was completely helpless in the face of Hungarian raids, and saw the spread of the Bogomilist heresy. According to the Tsar’s critics, it was as a result of his ineffectual rule that Boris II, his son and successor, was unable to defend Bulgaria’s sovereignty in 971.

This book—the first monograph devoted to Peter—was written by Bulgarian (Miliana Kaymakamova, Georgi N. Nikolov, Angel Nikolov, and Nikolay Hrissimov) and Polish medievalists (Zofia A. Brzozowska, Mirosław J. Leszka, Kirił Marinow, and Jan M. Wolski). Thanks to a thorough analysis of the sources and an in-depth knowledge of the literature of the subject, they have constructed a comprehensive and balanced image of the reign of their protagonist and the role he played in the history of medieval Bulgaria.
We are dealing here with a monograph that is exceptional not only in Polish, but also international historiography. Its authors, known for their numerous papers on the history of Byzantium and Bulgaria and other works, undertook the task of creating a synthesis, the world’s first comprehensive study devoted to the Bulgarian Tsar Peter and his times. The authors convincingly present the political achievements of the monarch and his contributions to the development of early medieval Bulgarian culture, and they accurately recreate the image of the Bulgarian society which, during Peter’s times, benefited from the fruits of the second peace. Due to its original theme, the monograph may meet with a lively interest of readers both in Poland and abroad. Jarosław Dudek, University of Zielona Góra

About the Author

MIROSŁAW J. LESZKA is full professor in the Department of Byzantine History, Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Łódź. His scholarly interests include imperial power in the early and middle Byzantine periods, the role of women at the court in Constantinople, and especially the history of Bulgaria (seventh- to eleventh-century). He is the author or coauthor of eight books as well as over 160 articles and reviews.

KIRIŁ MARINOW is an adjunct in the Department of Byzantine History in the Faculty of Philosophy and History at the University of Łódź. He specializes in historical geography and geopolitics of the medieval Balkans, Byzantine military history, and history of medieval Bulgaria, especially its relations with the Byzantine Empire. He has authored or coauthored over seventy multilingual publications on these subjects.